Mac App Store to sell individual iLife apps

Take a look at this official picture of the Mac App Store, headed to OS X in the new few months. Look a little closer. If we’re not mistaken, it’s stocking the individual iLife apps – iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand – and offering them for sale separately. Want iPhoto but don’t need GarageBand? Now it looks like you might not have to fork out for the whole £45 pricetag of iLife 11 to get it.

Apple currently only sells iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand for OS X as part of a bundle, iLife. The latest version, iLife 11, was unveiled yesterday at Apple’s press conference, and is now on sale, priced at £45. But the Mac App Store, which is coming to OS X Snow Leopard soon, could sell the apps individually, for less.

This screenshot shows iPhoto, iMove and GarageBand all as individual downloads, priced at $14.99 each (Around £9.50). While we can’t confirm this just yet, this isn’t just a case of Photoshop mockup – we went back and watched Apple’s keynote, and sure enough, the options are there in the Mac App Store when vice president Craig Federighi demoed it as part of the new OS X Lion. And since iPhoto isn’t available as an iPhone app, it’s not simply a case of iOS apps having been mixed in.

We’ve contacted Apple to confirm whether iLife apps will indeed be sold separately on the Mac App Store, and will let you know if we hear back.

[Thanks woz!]

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